Updated 25 Oct 2018

Makita

DLM380Z

Snapshot: This Makita DLM380Z is a catcher-only battery-electric mower that weighs 13kg and has a cutting width of 38cm. But does it make the cut?

DLM380Z
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$599

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Test results

Overall score
69
Catcher cutting
?%
Long grass cutting
?%
Ease of use
?%

Good points

  • Very good catcher cutting.
  • Very easy to use.
  • Excellent controls.

But

  • Narrow 38cm cutting width.
  • Poor long grass cutting.
  • Body can drag on the grass on lower cut settings.

How we test

Overall score comprises performance (50%) and ease of use (50%).

Performance scores are based on cutting:

Short (30mm) grass to 15mm
Medium-length (approx. 75-100mm) grass to 30mm
Long (approx. 300-400mm) grass on the highest cut setting

We run the short and medium-length grass tests with the mower in both catcher and mulching modes where applicable. Neither the catcher nor the mulcher is used for the long grass test.

Ease of use is assessed on:

Vibration (20%)
Pushing/manoeuvring (20%)
Handle comfort (20%)
Controls (10%)
Cutting height adjustment (10%)
Catcher convenience (10%)
Ease of starting** (10%)

Noise is measured at 7.5 metres away/at user’s ear.
Weight is measured without the catcher or mulcher plug, or battery for cordless models.

Key data

Model

Type
Catcher-only
Avg price
$599

Brand survey results

2018 brand reliability (%)
n/a
2018 brand satisfaction (%)
n/a

Specifications

Noise (dBA)
63/82
Weight (kg)
13
Cutting height range (mm)
25-75
Starter
Electric
Run time (minutes)
45
Charge time (minutes)
45
Cut width (cm)
38
Handle height (cm)
103
Closeness of cut to vertical edge (front/right/left) (mm)
150/25/20
Chassis
Plastic
Engine
n/a
Voltage
2x18
Battery size tested
5
Battery cost
Not stated
Starter location
Handle

Features

Console (skin)/battery cost
$499
Self-propelled drive
No

More Info

Notes
-
Availability
Bunnings only.